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Route 38

Ride free on old buses in service on London bus route 38 between Victoria and Hackney ~ 16th September 2023!

Buses are the lifeblood of London; about half of all bus journeys in the UK are made in London. The affection that Londoners feel for their buses is apparent whenever they have a chance to ride on a Routemaster or something older.

Bus route 38 has been running since 1912 – that’s 111 years – serving Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, the Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Theatreland, Chinatown, the British Museum, Grays Inn, Sadler’s Wells, Angel Islington, Essex Road, Balls Pond Road, Dalston Junction, Hackney Central and Clapton Pond.

On 16th September between 1000 and 1700 in conjunction with Heritage Open Days the London Bus Museum will be running heritage buses dating from the 1950s to 1970s alongside the normal daily service on route 38, Victoria to Hackney.

Open-platform buses with real conductors will run about every 10 minutes between Victoria and Hackney Station; some buses will continue from Hackney to Clapton Pond. Buses serve all route 38 bus stops - including Victoria Bus Station, Piccadilly, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road, New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury Square, Rosebery Avenue, Islington Green, Balls Pond Road, Dalston Lane, Graham Road, Hackney Central Station, Hackney Baths, Clapton Pond.

Buses being used will mostly be the iconic Routemaster, dating from the late 1950s and 1960s, and their predecessor the RT-type, which in the 1950s formed the largest standardised bus fleet in the world.

No need to book, just turn up at a bus stop and put out your hand!

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Page updated 13th May 2023

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